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    Posted March 26, 2012 by
    Iron Mountain, Michigan

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    Honoring ALL Soldiers - Alive or Fallen


    A friend of mine, Jeanie Jokinen and her husband of Iron Mountain, Michigan wanted to Honor their son Donnie who was injured after an IED went off. As the project moved forward, they learned how their son felt about this monument in the front of his parents house. He was amazed that they would do this for him. At some point they realized, this carved tree with an American Eagle on top was going to be for ALL Soldier's/Veteran's from ALL Wars..


    For those Alive or Fallen.


    Pictures of this 20 foot high monument-

    1. American Eagle on top.

    2. Detailed work on the gun, strap, boots and helmet - All of the tree.

    3. Shows the middle of the tree.

    4. Freedom is NOT Free

    5.  Sapper - Their Son's Unit

    6. Names of Soldiers KIA (SGT Voakes was from Baraga in Upper Michigan, the Eagle Feather with his name was placed on the tree in his memory too)

    7. The boots in this photo look weathered and worn. Amazing Work!

    8. SISU is Finnish and stands for "Guts Hard Working Perseverance"

    9. Eagle Feather in Memory of SGT Robert Voakes of MI - KIA Afghanistan 2011

    10. "Potlicker" of Rhinelander, Wisconsin is the artist/carver who did this work.


    I just wanted to load some more (detailed) photo's of this beautiful wood carved tree in Upper Michigan. What a True Salute to our Troops.


    Please see the video I posted last week to CNN iReport -

    Honoring Veteran's "Carved Tree" in Iron Mountain, MI

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